What to Wear to a Summer Wedding (Dresses fit for the occasion)

12 Jun

Wedding season is upon us and the invites should be arriving in your mail boxes around this time. The dreaded question is always “what do I wear to a summer wedding?” You want to look great without taking away from the bride, that’s the goal. You want something that can easily transition from day to evening without being overdressed. A lot of summer weddings are outdoors so that brings a sense of “casual” that you just don’t have during other seasons, and that is great to work with when deciding on an outfit.

Let’s start with some basics


* Wear sleeveless, you won’t overheat

*wear something sexy, yet tasteful

*wear pretty polka dots, fun florals and summer colors like greens, peaches, yellows and pinks.

*keep a wrap or pashmina in the car for transition to evening


*wear anything too low cut

*wear white, unless the bride specifies

*wear a tight dress, fitted is different from tight. If you wouldn’t wear it in front of grandma, don’t wear it to a wedding.

P.S. heels are totally acceptable, even if you have to practice walking in grass first!

Skirts and tops always work for weddings but I prefer dresses, I think a dress, even a “casual” style brings a sense of grace to your look and appears a bit more polished. Also, when you involve separates you basically increase the chance for disaster with each piece you add, and so much more thought has to go into it. 1 piece is easier than 2, it’s as simple as that.

Here are some looks to inspire you

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1. Belted peach dress ($43) 2. One shoulder teal dress ($35) 3. Polka dot dress ($43) all available at Lulu’s.

4. Pleated peach swing dress ($22.80) 5. Printed maxi dress ($32.80) both available at Forever21.

6. Strapless ikat print dress ($128) 7. Ruffle front halter in deep coral ($128) 8. Plus size dolman sleeve printed dress ($140) 9. Floral wrap dress ($175) 10. One shoulder ruffle dress ($118) all available at Nordstrom.

11. Blue lace bell sleeve dress ($204) 12. Pink silk trapeze dress ($396) 13. Structured sleeveless lace dress ($248) all available at Saks.

14. Strapless peplum dress in blue ($99.42) 15. Rose printed pencil dress ($115.99) 16. Fit & flare dress in orange ($55.51) all available at Asos.

8 Responses to “What to Wear to a Summer Wedding (Dresses fit for the occasion)”

  1. Long's Leopard Lifestyle June 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    I am loving these dresses. Have a coupl of weddings this summer and may have to try one of these out.

  2. happygoluckygal June 13, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    i love the colours for the season..!! but pastels r so much n trend.. 🙂

  3. seaandswank June 13, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    So true that if you wouldn’t wear it in front of grandma you shouldn’t wear it to a wedding – great test!

    Sea and Swank

  4. miahepburn June 13, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Great post! I always have the hardest time figuring out what to wear to a wedding. My biggest problem is whether or not its acceptable to a wear a LBD. I’ll have to bookmark this page and come back to it every time I have a wedding come up, lol.

  5. Tasha June 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Great post! I have 4 weddings this summer and I’ll check this out before each one! Love this blog.

  6. talker blogger May 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    1 and 9 are my favorites!


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